Year 5

20th November

This Week, Year 5 have been learning about Space and the planets.  They have learned about dwarf planets, our solar system and are starting to learn about the relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth.

We have been learning about subordinate clauses and relative clauses in English and using them to add more detail to our description of the planets.

In Maths, we have started to learn short division.  It is proving to be a bit tricky but we are persevering.

Our New Geography topic is settlements in Greece and this week we have been learning all about the Geography of Greece.  We have learned that Greece is on a peninsular (an outcropping of land surrounded by water) and that there are lots of mountains in Greece.  In fact, over two thirds of Greece is covered in Mountains.  There are lots of islands around Greece – this is called in archipelago.

13th November

Year 5 had their turn at ‘Classroom Kitchen’ this week. They made fish cakes and thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst learning how to make a delicious, healthy dish. They also took the recipe home so they can have a go at making it again.

In Maths, they have worked so hard on multiplication and have impressed me with their positive attitudes towards learning and their perseverance when faced with a challenge. Well done Y5!

6th November

Y5 have been focussing on non chronological reports this week. We have been reading examples and understanding what features are included in this type of writing. We have been focussing on the presentation of our work and taking pride in each and every piece of work that we produce. The results have been impressive!

 

In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000. Everyone has been working very hard to use and apply this knowledge.

 

In Science this week, we completed an investigation to measure the mass of an object using a Newton meter. Then we looked at the relationship between the mass, in Newtons, and the weight, in grams, of the object.

23rd October

This week, Year 5 have finished our book, Robot Girl.  The children were very surprised to hear that the main character of the story was a robot and the robot was actually a human.  This was a huge shock.  We have written an extended write this week and we have written an extra chapter for Robot Girl.  We have been really concentrating on making our character as interesting as possible by the way we describe them and they way they talk. 

 

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about multiples and factors and we have now moved onto Prime numbers and Square and Cube numbers.  We are realising that it is so important to learn our times tables because it helps us in lots of different ways in maths.

In History, we have continued to learn about the Greeks and have been learning about Greek Gods this week.  We have learned that the Greeks were polytheistic, which means that they believed in more than one God.  Reiley has been so inspired by our learning about the Greeks that he has made a model of the Battle of Troy at home and brought it into school to share with us.  Let us know  what you think of Reiley’s hard work

 

This week, we have been learning about our Democracy in picture news and how people have freedom of speech.  We have learned that in a Democracy, people are free to say what they believe.  We have also learned that this means we have to be responsible about what we say as our words can hurt people.  We discussed how for Comic Relief, people wear red noses.  We thought that raising money for charity was a good thing.  However, some people felt that Comic relief should find another way of raising money because the plastic used in red noses was harmful to the environment and was producing  too much plastic waste. Because we live in a democracy, people are free to challenge the things that they don’t agree with.

 

In Science, we did an experiment to find out about water resistance.  We placed different shaped pieces of dough into water to see how quickly they would sink.  We then thought about why different pieces of dough moved through the water at different speeds.

 

16th October

This week in Year 5, we have been continuing with the story of Robot Girl.  We have been concentrating on using expanded noun phrases to show how the author feels about a character and also how to use dialogue to show character.  Mr Rigby has been very impressed with how well some of us cam use description to affect the reader.

 

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about addition and subtraction of larger numbers.  We have learned different methods of subtraction.  Some of us are struggling to subtract when there are zeros in the top number so we are really going to practise this skill.  We have also started to learn about multiples and factors.

 

In music, we were learning about chord boxes and how the notation shows us how play different notes and chords.  We have been finding that it is quite tricky to hold a string down without holding all of the others down. 

 

In Science we did a little experiment to prove how air resistance works.  We had identical pieces of paper and we scrunched one up.  We then dropped them at the same time.  The scrunched up piece of paper fell faster than the flat piece of paper.  We investigated how air resistance affects falling objects.

9th October

In English this week, we have started a new book called Robot Girl.  The children have been very interested in learning about Claire, a young girl whose dad is an inventor.  We have been learning the skills of describing emotions by showing and not telling and we have also learned about subordinate clauses and main clauses.   We have also retold the story of Robot girl in the third person.

 

In Maths, we have been doing some tricky subtraction work and most people are feeling more confident about subtracting using exchange.

 

We have learned about the Battle of Marathon and how Miltiades, the Athenian general, tricked the Persians and the underdog Athenians won the battle even though they had a much smaller army.

 

We have started to look at the Big Picture News, which is about British Values and how we live our lives.  This week we thought about The Rule of Law, how we have rules and how they change.  We have learned that some people have to enforce laws such as the Corona Virus Marshalls and it is important to tell someone in authority when somebody is breaking the rules.

 

This weeks Celebration Assembly winners are as follows:

 

Superstar is Olly for some fantastic grammar work this week.

Noah and Alan got special mentions for always showing an interest in everything we are learning.

Sam got a Christian Value Special Mention for always helping Miss Roscoe at the end of the day. 

Maisie got a Growth Mindset certificate for always being willing to listen to advice and change her work. 

2nd October

This week, Year 5 have been carrying out some baseline assessments to help Mr Rigby find out what we can remember and what we need to work more on.  Mr Rigby has been very impressed with the class’ resilience.  They have done tests in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Maths and Reading. 

We have also started to use class dojo to help communicate between home and school.  The children have really enjoyed communicating with each other and we are all looking forward to using Class Dojo in the future.

As part of our music curriculum, Year 5 have continued to learn the guitar with Mr Carty.  This week, the children learned how to play the beginning of Happy Birthday.  They have been learning how to play different notes correctly. Although the children are having fun, they do say it gets a bit noisy.

In History, we learned about the differences between Athens and Sparta and how the Spartans were brutal and warrior-like but they treated women more fairly than in Athens.   In Art, we have been designing our own Greek pot.

In Science, we have continued to learn about forces and this week we looked at friction in more detail.

 

25th September

Year 5 have had a very busy week.  Mr Rigby is so please with how well Year 5 have settled into school and how well they work together.  In English we have finished reading our book about Philippe Petit – a man who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974.  We have really enjoyed learning about his antics.  Rowan even brought in a Lego man who walked along the line that goes from the front to the back of the classroom. 

In Maths we have been adding and subtracting numbers up to one million and Mr Rigby has been really impressed with how well we can do this.

In History, we imagined we had gone back in time to an Ancient Athenian Agora (Marketplace) Each child had to pretend to be a character from Athens to help us find out how people lived at that time.

 

We also had classroom kitchen this week and we have enjoyed making a pasta salad with lots of healthy ingredients.  Our class was divided about the taste though.  Some of us could not get enough of it

whilst others were not impressed at all.

Mr Rigby has spoken to the class about the new Rising Stars reading scheme.  Lots of children have said that they are enjoying the new books and many of them have had a go at the online quizzes.  We are pleased to be able to give out prizes for those children who have read every night and got their diary signed.  This week, there were nine children in the draw.  The lucky winner was Charlie.

18th September

This week, Year 5 have been reading a book called The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.   It’s about a street performer called Phillippe Petit who was a daredevil and decided to put a cable between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and walked between them in 1973.  The children have enjoyed thinking about what it would be like to be a tightrope walker and what advice they would give him to stay safe.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about 6 digit numbers and Mr Rigby has been impressed with the children’s understanding. 

 

In History, we travelled back to Ancient Greece and read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.  We than acted as historians and decided what parts of the story could be  true and which are false and how we could prove this today.   We looked at some coins which date back to the Ancient Greek times which show the Labyrinth.

 

13th March 2020

This week we have had a very busy week due to our Spring term Maths and English tests. We have been tested on our grammar and spellings skills, reading and maths. All of Year 5 have been extremely focused and they have shown great resilience in all of their tests. Well done Year 5!

 

6th March 2020

"We have had a very busy week this week. In English we have been learning about puns and alliteration. We have been looking at how they are used in Newspaper headlines. In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. This week we have started to subtract fractions. On Thursday it was World Book Day. To celebrate World Book Day we dressed up as a character from our favourite book. Also on Thursday Rev. Mark came in to teach us about the Easter story. In groups we acted out the Easter story and reflected on each part." Harley and Nadia

 

28th February 2020

"In English we have been planning our newspaper report based on our new class book, 'The Lost Happy Endings.' We have started by writing to our two witnesses. We are looking forward to finding out what happened, who did it and why it happened. In Maths we have been adding fractions. On Wednesday we went to church for our Ash Wednesday service. We reflected on what we need to say sorry for and we received ashes on our forehead or hand. On Thursday afternoon we built our Viking boats using materials, such as, foil, cardboard, foil and skewers. We are excited to decorate our boats next week." Nadia and Harley

 

14th February 2020

This week in English we have completed our recount on our class story 'The Lost Thing.' We retold the story in  our own words. We thought the way 'The Lost Thing' was worded was pretty boring but when we completed our recount we tried to use more interesting vocabulary. In Maths we have been continuing to learn about fractions. We have been ordering fractions with different denominators from smallest to largest. In History we enjoyed writing a newspaper report about the Viking attack on York. We also made an advertisement for a Viking Long House which is for sale. 

 

7th February 2020

"Year 5 have had a busy week. In English we wrote our opening paragraph for our recount based on our class story 'The Lost Thing.' In Maths we have completed all of our work on line graphs and we have moved onto our new unit which is all about fractions. In Science we started our new topic about Materials. We wrote wrote out the definitions of different materials. We also decided which materials would be good to build a Viking Long House and Long Ship." Harley, Nadia and Lexie

 

31st January 2020

"We have had a very productive week this week in Year 5. In English we have started to plan out recount about the Lost Thing. We have also continued to enjoy our class story 'The Lost Thing.' In Maths we have now completed our unit on division. On Friday we began our new unit of learning focusing on reading data from different graphs. We have really enjoyed creating posters about British Values. Our posters focused on respect, liberty,laws and equality." Nadia and Harley

 

24th January 2020

"We have had a busy week in Year 5. In English we have been continuing to focus on 'Erik the Viking Saga,' we have enjoyed listening to the stories. We have worked hard creating our own Erik and the Viking Saga. In Maths we have completed some more work on division and we have been solving word problems." Harley and Nadia 

 

17th January 2020

"This week we have had another busy week in Year 5. In English we created a story mountain to plan our own Viking saga based on our class book 'Erik the Viking.' In Maths we have continued to learn about division. We have been using the bus stop method to help us solve division equations. On Monday in Music we enjoyed looking at how musical instruments are used to represent characters. We watched a clip of 'Peter and the Wolf' to help us to understand the personalities of the characters."

 

10th January 2020

"We have had a very busy start in our first week back. In English we have started a new book called 'Eric's Viking Saga,' this links to our new topic of The Vikings. In Maths we have moved onto division. This week we have really enjoyed our PE lessons. Our new topic this half term is 'Dance.' In Our PE lesson we created our own dances about the solar system. Our dance moves represented the sun, earth and moon." Ava and Alex

 

6th December 2019

"This week we have been very busy in Year 5. In English, we have been focusing on how to use different types of nouns, such as, proper, collective, concrete and abstract nouns. In Maths, we have been learning long multiplication. We have used the bar method and column method. In Science, we have been using the computers and iPads to research the planets and the solar system. We will use the information we found to write a non chronological report in English." Nadia and Harley

 

29th November 2019

"On Monday an illustrator came into school and spoke to us about how to design things and he showed us one of his books. We've had a busy week of tests this week in Maths and English. We have all tried hard. On Wednesday Rev. Mark came in and taught us about Advent. On Thursday afternoon Classroom Kitchen came in and taught us about healthy eating. We got the chance to make our very own Pasta Salad. To make this we used pasta, tomato, cucumber, peppers and spring onion. It tasted great!" Harley and Nadia

 

22nd November 2019

"This week we have had a very busy week in Year 5. On Monday, the Science Roadshow came into school and taught us about Science which linked to the Olympics. Our favourite experiment was lighting the Olympic torch because the fire was so powerful! In English, we have been learning about the Universe. We have recently started reading a new book called 'The Planetarium.' In Maths, we have been learning about squared and cubed numbers." Nadia and Harley

 

20th September 2019

This week in Year 5, we have continued our work on ‘The Man who Walked Between the Towers’. We have applied the skills of adverbs and modal verbs to write points of advice to Philippe, ready for our letters in Extended Writing. In Maths, we have continued our work on Place Value and have been identifying and continuing number patterns in number sequences of up to 7 digits. In Science, we have been learning about Isaac Newtown and gravity. A busy but enjoyable week!

 

5th July 2019

We have had a challenging week in Year 4 this week, but it has given us a good opportunity to test our resilience and mindset. It has been exam week and we have spent all morning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday completing various numeracy and literacy tests. On the whole, we have done very well and can be proud of our efforts. We have also been practising our song with the Year 1 class for our ‘Celebration of Learning’ service next Tuesday. The last couple of days this week were spent in Year 5, meeting our teacher for next year, Miss Jarvis and getting familiar with our new classroom. We can’t wait to get started in September!

 

28th June 2019

We have had another interesting week this week in Year 4! We have continued to read ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, in particular learning to write a stanza using future tense and a rhyming pattern and to use expanded noun phrases to express an emotional response. In Maths we have been focusing on measuring using different units of measurement, whilst practising the skill of converting units of measurement. We have had the chance to visit the life caravan in school this week as well, we found out about making healthy life choices and about the human body. We also had a visit from Hawkley Hall high school’s brass band here at St. Paul’s.

 

21st June 2019

In Year 4 this week, we performed in our class concert, playing the pieces that we have been learning all year in our brass lessons and singing a song with harmonies to finish off the event. It was a joy to be a part of and especially rewarding to hear the culmination of all of the hard work that went into this performance. We were also visited by a team from a healthy lifestyles group from Wigan council who taught us about nutrition. As part of this we made and drank our own smoothies (they were delicious) using an exercise bike and completed the daily mile challenge! We have continued to study ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ in our English lessons, focusing this week on extending noun phrases and writing poetry. In Maths, we have been learning how to measure the height and perimeter of different objects as well as converting units of measurement.  

 

14th June 2019

We have had a very productive week this week in Year 4! We have completed our Maths work involving money and move on to study different units of measurement. We have also moved on our studies in English as well, as we have completed looking at Jabberwocky at the beginning of the week and began to read ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, in particular beginning to explore the use of proper nouns and how they can help our understanding of the unfamiliar and identifying clues in a piece of text to give a deeper understanding. We have run through all of our pieces in a dress rehearsal for our brass concert in the hall in preparation for next Tuesday’s concert. We also had the opportunity to watch some experiments being performed as the Science roadshow made an appearance at St. Paul’s.

 

7th June 2019

This week in Year 4, we have been solving problems involving money, working out how we can calculate the correct amounts needed to buy certain items and how much change we should be receiving. In our English lessons, we have been continuing to study the Lewis Carroll poem ‘Jabberwocky’, and creating an explanatory descriptive piece which encompasses expressive adjectives, adverbs and verbs as well as understanding and making use of suffixes and similes in our writing. We have even produced a dramatic class performance of the poem! We have also been visited by a string quintet from the Wigan music service who performed for us in the hall. On top of all of that we have looked at different types of churches, practised some events for sports day, sang in two-part harmony and learned more about the basics of sound! A very successful and busy first week back.

 

 

24th May 2019

In Year 4 this week, we have continued to study Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ and using the context of the poem, as well as finding clues from prefixes and suffixes, we have been making more sense of the nonsense words contained within. In Maths, we have started a new topic of ‘money’, continuing on from the decimals work that we have completed over the past few weeks. We have also been learning about how we hear sound, practised for some of our sports day events and we have spilt the song that we have been learning into two-part harmonies.

 

17th May 2019

This week in Year 4, we have finished reading Gulliver, in turn creating our own imaginary worlds and using creative writing to come up with some adventures of our own. We have also started to study Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ and learning how nonsense word can be used in poetry. In Maths, we have been understanding decimals and practising writing them using different methods. We have also been learning about the speed of sound, Judaism and Victorian children at work. Also this week, Year four won the attendance trophy and earned 15 minutes extra breaktime on Friday.

 

10th May 2019

This week in Year 4, we have been continuing to follow the adventures of Gulliver, using this as a way of improving our English skills by using the language of comparison and identifying the different kinds of nouns and their purpose in writing. In Maths, we have been understanding decimals and practising writing them using different methods. We have also been learning about sound waves, Judaism and healthy eating as well as running some rugby passing drills and learning a new song to sing.

 

5th April 2019

This week in Year 4 we have been practicing our musical and dramatic performances for our Easter church service. On Wednesday, we went to church to celebrate Easter and performed what we have been rehearsing wonderfully well!  

We have also been making crosses for our Easter class competition. The crosses that we produce were beautiful, artistic and thought-provoking in equal measure. It was almost impossible to choose just three winners.  

We also earned an extra long golden time this week, which was great fun. 

 

29th March 2019

We have had a very busy this week in Year 4. On Monday, we had an assembly all about how to keep safe when swimming. We have been completing our assessments in English and Maths all of this week as well. 

On Friday, we visited St. Paul's church for an 'Easter Experience', where we learned all about the story of Jesus at Easter time.  

 

22nd March 2019

This week Year 4 have had an exciting week. Some children went to a Samba drum workshop on Wednesday which was very noisy but great fun. Other children took part in the WOW's singing concert in which they sang their hearts out. 

Year 4 have written some very persuasive posters trying to get me to buy several Roman items.

In Maths the children are also becoming great at working with decimal numbers.

 

15th March 2019

This week Year 4 have had a super week. They have been working hard to perfect their songs for the WOW's music concert next week.

Year 4 have continued to work hard with their Brass lessons. It is really starting to sound like a band!

They are having great fun learning Tai Cuando.

They have also completed lots of Maths and English activities too!

8th March 2019

It's been another busy week in Year 4. In Maths we have moved on to exploring decimals and we are already are seeing the links to fractions.

In English we continue to work on our grammar and spelling, but this week we have began a new topic of performance poetry.  The first poem we have enjoyed has been 'My Shadow' by Robert Louis Stevenson.

In Science we have been learning many new words related to digestion in humans. In our topic we have been finding out about the legacy of the Romans - Roman Roads.

We all visited St Paul's Church for the Ash Wednesday service and learnt a lot about preparing for Easter. We were offered a cross of ashes from last year's palm crosses as a reminder of our visit to church.

1st March 2019

It's been a great start to the new half term. Year 4 have come back to school ready for lots of new learning.

In Maths we are coming to the end of our topic on fractions. This week we have been learning how to subtract fractions.

In English we have started a new novel 'The Sewer Demon' by Charlie Lawrence. We have now completed a unit on Roman Myths and Legends and we are ready to start something new next week!

In Music we have a few weeks left to work on songs for the WOW's festival and it's getting very exciting as well as being hard work!

In PE we are really lucky to be learning a  new self defence martial art from Korea: Taekwondo. Through this activity we hope to build lots of new skills, as well as the values it fosters of confidence, respect and discipline.

15th February 2019

This week we have been working on fractions in Maths and we have enjoyed it. 

We have also written our own myth which was fun.

In Art some of us have completed our Roman mosaics and we are very pleased with them.

We completed our Science experiment and managed to prove our predictions correct that temperature does affect the rate of evaporation.

On Friday we said goodbye to Mrs Leech and we designed a Get Well Soon card for Mrs Vernazza, who we are missing very much.

 

8th February 2019

This week Year 4 have been continuing our work on Roman Myths. We are excited to be writing our own myth next week.

In Maths, we have finished our topic of Area and have made a start on looking at fractions.

We are continuing our exploration experiment in Science and are hoping to have the final results next week. We have also looked again at particle arrangements in solids, liquids and gases, which we found fun.

On Thursday we had a visit from the NSPCC who discussed their 'Speak Out, Stay Safe.' campaign with us. We continued this theme in our PSHE lesson focusing on our class value of truthfulness.

 

1st February 2019

This week we had a special assembly on Tuesday where we learned about Islam and the Five Pillars of Islam.

We enjoyed a snow day in school on Wednesday and we were able to spend a little time playing outside in the lovely sunshine and snow.

We've been continuing our work on the Romans and this week we have learned all about how they invaded England.

25th January 2019

On Wednesday afternoon, we visited Liverpool Cathedral where they were holding an Epiphany Service. Summer said 'My favourite part was watching the children from Maghull High School performing ballet.' We also enjoyed watching a local primary school recreating the constellation of Orion, which we learned about this week as part of our work on Roman Myths.

 

18th January 2019

This week, Year 4 have been writing descriptions for mythical beasts. They have also been creating and practising dance moves for their topic work on Romans. Year 4 have had the lovely experience of chef James Deveney helping make healthy banana and carrot muffins and leaving us the recipe. In science, we have been doing a melting and freezing experiment. In topic, we have learned about roman soldiers and their legions and cohorts. Year 4 homework this week is reading comprehension about maps. We are looking forward to our Liverpool Cathedral trip on Wednesday next week, and we have been learning some new hymns to sing when we are there.

11 January 2019

This week, Year 4 have had a lovely start back to the new year! We have had the pleasure of chef Mr Deveney who has shown us how to make our own vegetable paella. We have started our topic on ‘The Romans’ and have been looking at maps of the Roman empire. In science, we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We have also been learning about a Jewish festival of light called Hannukah and learned that the menorah is a special candelabra. Science homework this week, is a recipe to show changing states. The children have 2 weekends in which to hopefully have a go at making and enjoying the recipe.

21st December 2018

This week, Year 4 have had their first Classroom Kitchen experience with James Deveney (professional chef). He got us to make coleslaw using carrots, Greek yogurt and cabbage. We loved it! James will return in the new year and we will have 2 more cooking experiences. Also, this week we have been doing our Science assessments on our topic of Living things. Mr Rigby was very kind and on Thursday, he came to our class and re-enacted the Battle of Hastings on the school playground! We loved that, too! The choir members have sung in  our Afternoon concert in the school hall and we have loved our Christmas party games and film whilst wearing our own clothes. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

 

14th December 2018

This week, Year 4 have performed in their Brass concert (Tuesday morning). They were little superstars. We really enjoyed being together singing and playing and our audience was brilliant! Mr Ford and Mr Richeton the brass teachers were very impressed with us!

We have also been learning about features of Norman churches and will look out for these in St Paul’s church on Tuesday during our Advent Service 6pm.  We have also been learning about different habitats and threats to them and the subsequent effect upon food chains within these habitats. We know the difference between prey, producer, consumer and predator. We have been practising our carol for the Advent service and Year 4 choir members have also been practising for their concert next Thursday afternoon in school. Busy, busy, busy!

 

7th December 2018

This week, Year 4 have been on ‘Assessment week’. They have shown extra special resilience and positive attitudes despite finding some questions very challenging. They have made yummy mince pies with our chef Mr Deveny.

Year 4 have also been working hard putting together gymnastics routines within their groups ready for next week’s assessment by Mr Riley. He has been very impressed with the way they worked together. We have been rehearsing for our Brass concert on Tuesday 10.45 am (all welcome).

 

30th November 2018

This week Year 4 have been taking part in Magenta principles of learning in a Maths lesson. We have proved whether multiplication calculations were correct or not correct using counters or cubes.

 

23rd November 2018

Year 4 have been making Branching Databases.

16th November 2018

This week, Y4 have been very busy rehearsing for their parents concert on the 11th December. We are learning lots of short songs and having brilliant brass lessons with Mr Ford and Mr Richeton! We are looking forward to our class performance. Mrs Turner was most impressed with us and listened in to our rehearsal!

9th November 2018

This week we have been planning and writing our historical narrative, '1066.'

2nd November 2018

Year 4 have had an amazing first week back.

In Science we had an amazing lesson learning about 'electricity.' The children really enjoyed making their own electrical switches.